Plenary Programme

Opening Address
Nicola Sturgeon, MSP
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities
n_sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon was born in Irvine in 1970 and educated at Greenwood Academy. She studied law at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice.Before entering the Scottish Parliament she worked as a solicitor in the Drumchapel Law and Money Advice Centre in Glasgow.She was elected MSP for Glasgow in 1999, and is now MSP for Glasgow Southside. Before being appointed Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing after the May 2007 election she had been Shadow Minister for Education, Health & Community Care and Justice. She is currently Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.
Chair:Alan Ferguson, Director, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland
Keith Kintrea will provide an overview of housing policy in Scotland. His contribution will be followed by the presentation of two “vignettes” that illustrate some of the distinctive aspects of Scotland’s housing policy by people who were central to their development. As a young architect in the 1970s, Raymond Young was central to the development of community-based housing associations aimed at reviving neighbourhoods that would otherwise have been condemned to continued decline and demolition.  Suzanne Fitzpatrick was a member of the Homelessness Taskforce that paved the way for the Scottish Government’s new commitment to provide an enforceable right to housing for anyone who is unintentionally homeless. Finally, Douglas Robertson will look to the future.
  • Overview (Keith Kintrea)
  • Community-based Housing Associations (Raymond Young)
  • Homelessness rights (Suzanne Fitzpatrick)
  • Housing futures (Douglas Robertson)
We have developed four plenaries that are intended to capture the overall conference theme of “Beyond Globalisation: remaking housing policy in a complex world.”
Chair: Keith Kintrea, University of Glasgow
Speakers: Professor Hal Pawson, University of New South Wales & Dr Katrin Grossman, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Globalisation has shifted the relationship between individuals and the labour market, and the consequence is that economic inequalities between individuals and households have generally widened, even in countries that retain stronger welfare systems. At the same time, differential patterns of international migration introduce new dimensions of diversity across society. But it is the housing system in particular places that translates societal inequalities into distinctive patterns of segregation. The opportunities that housing offers, the constraints that it imposes, and the extent to which it scripts daily lives, significantly drives the urban socio-spatial structure in many distinctive ways across the globe, sometimes in the face of policy statements that seek greater spatial integration. The PLACE session will examine how segregation is being played out in different contexts across the world, with an emphasis on emerging trends and new dimensions of segregation, and the critically interrogate interface between housing processes and socio-spatial outcomes.
Chair: Professor Isobel Anderson, University of Stirling
Speakers: Dr Volker Busch-Geertsema, Co-ordinator of the European Observatory on Homelessness & Dr Beth Watts, Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research, Heriot-Watt University
This session focuses on access to housing for the poorest and most disadvantaged groups across Europe, in the context of growing income inequality and welfare retrenchment in many European societies. It will offer a critical assessment of the role of social housing providers in accommodating marginalised populations, addressing tensions between the meeting of housing ‘need’ and the promotion of ‘social mix’.  It aims to move beyond the simple characterisations of selective ‘residualised’ systems of social housing vs. ‘housing for all’ and generate a debate regarding different visions of ‘housing rights’ as a means to respond to housing need and homelessness in Europe.
Chair: Professor Manuel Aalbers, University of Leuven
Speakers: Professor David Miles, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and Imperial College & Professor Leonard Seabrooke, Copenhagen Business School
The ‘financialisation’ of housing became a major theme in academic discourse in the years before the financial crisis. Housing and its finance was central to the Global Financial Crisis and central banks and regulators are attempting to create new ways of regulating financial institutions and manage the macro-economy. But financialisation also became part of the debate on welfare regimes and asset-based welfare. This session seeks to develop the debate on the evolving relationship between housing and money by encouraging critical assessments outside from leading academics operating inside and outside mainstream economics.
Chair: Dr Beverley Searle, Geography, University of Dundee
Speakers: Dr Vanessa May, University of Manchester & Irene Cieraad, Department of Architecture, Delft Technical University
This plenary explores the dynamic relationship between the varied notions of home and wellbeing. Notions of wellbeing provided by the home have tended to be physically determined, reflecting a dominant policy focus on improvements in housing quality. The concept of home however operates at broader levels depending on, life-stage, and individual needs. The home’s role in enhancing family life and relationships emphasises home as a place of sanctuary, intimacy and nurture. Home is critical to enhancing opportunities for children’s education and learning. The physical quality and social environment of home contributes towards mental health. With rapid advances in ICTs, home increasingly features as a site of employment, whilst ageing populations have seen home increasingly become the site of care delivery, or a financial resource. Understandings and perceptions of home thus constantly adapt and change. Yet the relationships between home and wellbeing is not adequately developed. This plenary considers a shared understanding of how “home” contributes to individual life experience, and supports individual and collective wellbeing.
Chair: Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Speaker: Professor Duncan Maclennan, St Andrews University.
Respondent: Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute


m_stephens Mark Stephens Mark Stephens is Professor of Public Policy at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Environment and Real Estate (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University. He has a strong interest in comparative housing research and has published widely on European integration, the European transition countries, globalisation and China. He led the EU Study on Housing and Exclusion and has been a consultant for UN-Habitat, UN-ECE and Council of Europe Development Bank. He has been a member of the ENHR Co-ordination Committee since 2000 and founded its Working Group on Comparative Housing Policy with Michelle Norris. He is co-editor of recent books on The Future of Public Housing (Springer, 2013) and Meaning and Measurement in Comparative Housing Research (Routledge, 2014). He was founding editor of the European (now International) Journal of Housing Policy and is an editor of Urban Studies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and appointed an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011. He is also a Director of New Lanark Homes, the charity that manages the rental properties in the village.


Manuel Aalbers Manuel B. Aalbers is associate professor of Human Geography at KU Leuven/University of Leuven (Belgium). His main research interest is in the intersection of real estate (including housing), finance and states. He has published on redlining, social and financial exclusion, neighbourhood change (including decline and gentrification), the privatization of social housing and the Anglophone hegemony in academia. He is the author of Place, Exclusion, and Mortgage Markets (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and the editor of Subprime Cities: The Political Economy of Mortgage Markets (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He is also the associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (Sage, 2010) and of geography journal TESG. His most popular paper is The Financialization of Home (Competition & Change, 2008)


Volker Busch-Geertsema Dr Volker Busch-Geertsema is a senior research fellow at the Association for Innovative Social Research and Social Planning (GISS, Bremen, Germany). He is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness since 1995 and since 2009 he is the Coordinator of the Observatory and member of the editorial team of the European Journal of Homelessness.

He has conducted a number of extensive research projects on different aspects of homelessness in Germany and Europe. He is coauthor of “Measurement of Homelessness at European Union Level” (2007), has published eight books and a large number of articles and research reports, most of them focusing on homelessness, housing exclusion and poverty. Latest publications include an edited book on “Homelessness Research in Europe” (with Eoin O’Sullivan, Deborah Quilgars and Nichols Pleace, Brussels 2010) and “Homelessness and Homeless Policies in Europe: Lessons from Research” with Eoin OSullivan and Nicholas Pleace, Brussels, 2010).

i_plus Irene Cieraad Irene Cieraad is a cultural anthropologist and a senior research leader of Architectural Design / Interiors TU Delft . Her publications represent a wide range of topics: from books and articles on cultural theory, popular culture, and imagery to more recent publications on the anthropology of domestic space, cultural history of the Dutch domestic interior, household technology and consumer culture studies.
grossmann Katrin Grossmann is an urban sociologist at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig since 2007. She received her PhD at the Philipps-University of Marburg/ Germany with a thesis on normative frameworks within the governance discourse on urban shrinkage in Germany. After that, she engaged with a variety of topics within the thematic field of sustainable urban development. These include neighbourhood change, especially post-socialist large housing estates, residential segregation and the governance of urban shrinkage, but also heat stress in urban areas or energy poverty. Concerning research methods, she has experiences with mixed methods reaching from ethnography, in-depth-interviews via quantitative survey research to cooperation with computational modelling.
She is/was involved in international research projects, e.g. the projects “DiverCities” (EU-FP7), “Shrink Smart – The Governance of urban shrinkage within a European context” (EU FP7) and “ConDense – Socio-Spatial Consequences of Demographic Change for East Central European Cities”(Volkswagen Foundation).
d_mclennan Duncan Maclennan Professor Maclennan is an international expert on the development of cities, the renewal of neighbourhoods and the economics of housing. After a long career at the University of Glasgow, where he directed the Centre for Housing Research and Urban Studies (1982-96), the ESRC Cities Programme (1996-99) and the Centre for Public Policy and the Regions (2004-04), he worked in senior government and academic posts in both Australia and Canada. After moving to Canada in 2005 he held a joint appointment as Professor of Urban Economic Policy at the University of Ottawa and as Chief Economist at the Federal Department for Infrastructure. Duncan has advised governments on housing policy in the UK, Poland, France, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. He has also served as Principal Consultant to the OECD. In 1997 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to housing and renewal policies in the UK and is also an honorary member of both the UK Royal Town Planning Institute and the Charted Institute of Housing.


Vanessa May Vanessa May is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include the self, belonging, lone motherhood and qualitative methods. She has published in a number of journals including Sociology, Sociological Review, International Journal of Research Methods and Narrative Inquiry, and has recently authored a book entitled Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).

David Miles Professor David Miles joined the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England in June 2009. He is also a Professor at Imperial College, London where he was formerly head of the Financial Economics department. As an economist he has focused on the interaction between financial markets and the wider economy. He was Chief UK Economist at Morgan Stanley from October 2004 to May 2009.

He has been a specialist economic advisor to the Treasury Select Committee. In Budget 2003, the Chancellor commissioned Professor Miles to lead a review of the UK mortgage market. The result, published at Budget 2004, was the report: “The UK mortgage market: taking a longer-term view”. He is a council member of the Royal Economic Society, a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and at the CESIFO research institute in Munich. He is a former editor of “Fiscal Studies”. He was re-appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a second term on the MPC in February 2012. His second term will run until May 2015

l_seabroke Leaonard Seabrooke Len Seabrooke is Professor in the Department of Business and Politics (DBP) at the Copenhagen Business School and also Professor in International Political Economy and an associate fellow of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). His publications include The Social Sources of Financial Power (Cornell UP, 2006), US Power in International Finance (Palgrave, 2001), Everyday Politics of the World Economy (co-editor with John M. Hobson, Cambridge UP, 2007) and Global Standards of Market Civilization (co-editor with Brett Bowden, Routledge/RIPE Studies in Global Political Economy, 2006), and The Politics of Housing Booms and Busts (co-editor with Herman M. Schwartz, Palgrave, 2009). Len was co-editor of the international peer-review journal the Review of International Political Economy (2007-2012), and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge/Warwick Studies in Globalisation Series, and co-editor of the Routledge/RIPE Studies in Global Political Economy series. He has published in a range of journals, including International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, European Journal of International Relations, and others. Len was also the Director of Studies of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform, which brought together economists, political scientists, and lawyers from both the scholarly and policy worlds to discuss financial reform and re-regulation.

Julia Unwin Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. In that role, she focused on the development of services and in particular the governance and funding of voluntary organisations. Julia has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector.

She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is currently a member of the University of York’s Council. Julia was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012.  Julia was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of York St John in November 2012 in recognition of her work.


Beth Watts Dr Beth Watts is a Research Associate at the Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research, Heriot-Watt University. She is currently working on a the Crisis-funded Homelessness Monitors, a five-year project exploring the impacts of the economic downturn and welfare reform on Homelessness. She is also working on a five-year ESRC project exploring the ethics and effectiveness of welfare conditionality, as applied to social housing residents, homeless households and other groups of welfare recipients. She has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter. In 2013 she completed her PhD at the University of York, which compared homelessness policies in Scotland and Ireland. The research focused on the difference Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to the experiences of homeless people and outcomes of homelessness policy, compared to Ireland’s discretionary ‘social-partnership’ approach.
r_young Raymond Young Raymond Young has spent most of his working life in social housing including the tenement rehabilitation programme and the first of the community based housing associations that are at the heart of this book. He later became Director Scotland for the Housing Corporation during the time of the great expansion of the housing association sector in urban and rural Scotland, and then was Regional Director–North for Scottish Homes. He taught for some years at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. He holds a current role as an Advisory Board member of Historic Scotland. He is visiting professor to the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. His recent book Annie’s Loo tells the history of Glasgow’s community-based housing associations.
winter Dr Ian Winter Dr Ian Winter is a housing and urban specialist who has conducted and published research on a wide range of matters for over 25 years. Now focussing on evidence-informed policy development, he regularly advises Ministers and senior public servants on the policy implications arising from AHURI research and is a regular conference speaker, media commentator and expert facilitator. Prior to working at AHURI, Ian was a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and lecturer at RMIT University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on housing and urban issues and continues to serve on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Housing Policy, Housing Theory and Society, Housing Studies and Urban Policy and Research.
a_ferguson Alan Ferguson. Alan has been Director of CIH Scotland since 1993. Before life at CIH Alan was a lecturer on the part-time and full-time housing courses at Stirling University, a Policy Officer again at CIH Scotland and a development worker with the Strathclyde Campaign for Investment in Council housing for a year. He started off work as a community worker in Glasgow, Cambuslang, Rutherglen and Wishaw working for seven years with a range of tenant and community groups and federations. Alan has been a Board member of Scottish Council for Single Homeless, the Link Group, Govanhill Community Development Trust and Cube Housing Association. He is currently a committee member of Southside Housing Association in Glasgow and Chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland.
a_pawson Professor Hal Pawson, University of New South Wales (UNSW).Hal joined UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre in 2011 as Professor Housing Research and Policy, following 16 years at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Hal’s extensive academic research experience includes numerous national studies led on behalf of many Government departments and agencies in the UK and Australia. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and former Chair of the UK Housing Studies Association, he is the Australasian Editor of the journal Housing Studies. His key interests include the governance and management of social housing, private rental housing and urban renewal. His latest co-authored book, After Council Housing: Britain’s New Social Landlords was published in 2010.
b_searly Beverley Searle. Beverley Searle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. She has been an academic researcher for ten years, working at the Universities of Durham and St Andrews, where she briefly held the position of Acting Director of the Centre for Housing Research. Her research interests focus on the development of asset-based welfare and the positioning of housing wealth as a substitute for state support. She is currently working on a project that focuses on intergenerational justice and the transfer of housing wealth across generations. She is the founder and Chair of INTEGRATE an international network of intergenerational transfer research. She is actively engaged in the housing community having been a member of the Housing Statistics Network Steering Group, and is currently Treasurer of the Housing Studies Association, and sits on the Committee of Management of Abertay Housing Association in Dundee.
s_fitzpatrick Suzanne Fitzpatrick Suzanne Fitzpatrick completed her PhD on youth homelessness at the University of Glasgow in 1998. She subsequently held a number of posts in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, including ESRC Research Fellow in Housing and Social Exclusion and, latterly, Lecturer in Housing and Social Policy. From 2003 to 2010 Suzanne was Joseph Rowntree Professor of Housing Policy and Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. Suzanne took up her Research Professorship in Housing and Social Policy at Heriot-Watt University in July 2010. Suzanne specialises in research on homelessness and housing exclusion, and much of her work has an international comparative dimension. Suzanne is Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy.
k_kintrea Keith Kintrea Keith was born in Elgin, Scotland and educated at University of Sussex and University of Edinburgh. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Chartered Town Planner and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.Keith is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow was Head of Urban Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences from 2010-2013.Keith has published widely about housing, neighbourhoods and urban regeneration. Most of his recent work has been about young people in disadvantaged places.

He has served on a number of housing association boards, including as an independent Board Member of Glasgow Housing Association and then a member of the South Area Committee between 2006 and 2013, and is currently a Committee Member of Govanhill Housing Association. Keith was elected to the CIH Scotland Board from 2011-2014.

 d_robertson Douglas Robertson Douglas teaches and researches sociology and housing at the University of Stirling’s School of Applied Social Science, a large multi-disciplinary grouping which focuses on social policy, especially in the fields of housing, social work, social care, crime & justice and dementia. Current on-going research considers the relationship between home and wellbeing, as well as work on neighbourhood identity, class and stigma. He also has long standing interests in Scottish housing policy, including private renting and owner occupation and, in particular, housing renewal, in which he has just completed a major review of regeneration and poverty for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He was asked, in October 2009, by the then Housing Minister, Alex Neil, to chair the Scottish Private Rented Sector Strategy Group. From the recommendations of that Group, Douglas went on to chair a group reviewing the Private Rented Sector tenancy regime, the report on which was published in June this year.